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California ‘Tunnel Tree’ Falls After Severe Storm

Claudia Beymer/Calaveras Big Trees Association

The tree was over 100 years old.

After over a century of beloved tourists posing and hiking, even driving through the Pioneer Cabin Tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, it has fallen due to a severe storm. According to SFGate, the trail around the tree was flooded on Sunday, weakening the shallow root system. A volunteer working in the park said it shattered on impact.

The tunnel in the giant sequoia was hollowed out during the 1880s. It was one of the most popular features in the park, with people’s names etched into the bark on the inside of the tunnel since the 19th century.

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